The road to recovery went through the Edmonton Oilers morning skate on Thursday.

Although not ready to play against the Montreal Canadiens Denis Grebeshkov Corey Potter Sam Gagner and Jesse Joensuu were all on the ice for the optional on-ice workout.

Of the four only Joensuu has played a regular-season game this year and he hopes to be back in the lineup Saturday when the Oilers travel to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I feel very good compared to a few days ago I like the progress” said Joensuu who tweaked his oblique area toward the end of the preseason.

“I pulled something shooting a puck. I never had this before but I felt a tweak. I played the Winnipeg game and then I was fine then I hurt it again in a no-contact situation in practice before Vancouver.”

Joensuu made a solid impact with the Oilers early on providing the big-body presence they were looking for.

He scored a goal in the season opener against the Jets.

“I’ll be really grateful if I can stay healthy” Joensuu said knocking on his wooden stall. “Being able to go through a whole training camp without anything and playing the first game was good. It sucks to miss games right now hockey is so much fun. But you have to focus on playing an entire good season instead of just playing one good game. I really want to get on the ice again and hopefully it’ll be Saturday.”

Grebeshkov may also be close to returning having injured his groin in training camp.

The Oilers defenceman was back on the ice with his teammates for the second time on Thursday and is expected to head out on the six-game road trip starting in Toronto.

“I’m feeling really good I’m almost 100% ready” he said. “It depends when the doctors are going to clear me then it’ll be the coach’s decision.”

Grebeshkov was brought back by the Oilers this season having spent the last three years in the KHL. He injured his groin in a preseason encounter against the Canucks midway through training camp.